Letter: Incomplete history?
As I See It, Hal Sundin, your analysis starting with the Crusades and continuing with rise of the Ottoman Empire (and its later fall) neatly skips over the 13th century when the Mongolians were ravaging and slaughtering Muslims and anybody else that stood in their way. I guess to the Mongols’ credit, the later Khans adopted the Muslim religion. Are we supposed to do that?
I would refer you to the March issue of Atlantic magazine. Graeme Wood’s analysis seems to conclude that ISIS hates everybody who is not “orthodox” Muslim. They intend to kill them, enslave them or convert them wherever they are. So far, the bad guys are doing a pretty good job on the “killing” part.
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